The Zonta Club of Beaufort, member of Zonta International which is celebrating its centennial this year, is raising money to sponsor a service dog for a female Marine veteran through K9s for Warriors, an organization which specializes in working with veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and military sexual trauma.
With Zonta being a women’s service organization, this was the deciding factor in selecting this group over others.
The normal waiting time for a dog is 18 months. There are two female Marines on the list are scheduled to attend the training and receive their dogs in the fall.
The K9s For Warriors training program is an intensive, full-immersion, three-week training course. Each veteran receives a highly skilled service canine (a rescued dog with six months specialized training), individual and group instruction, certification, equipment, educational seminars, veterinary care, meals, transportation and housing. The sponsorship cost is $20,000.
Zontians feel that with the wonderful relationship between Beaufort and our military this project is perfect and very doable. They are asking for the community’s endorsement and support.
Donations will filter through Zonta Club of Beaufort so that it can benchmark its progress, but checks should be made out to K9s For Warriors, as it is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible.
Please mail donations to Zonta Club of Beaufort, P.O. Box 2234, Beaufort, SC 29901.